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June 04, 2010


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Best of luck in the new gig, Rich!

Wow, the author of all three of Long Island’s appellations joins probably the region's most prestigious winery. Yes Lenn, dramatic indeed. Should be quite exciting to see what comes from Bedell after Richard begin to exert his influence. Richard has certainly had a long journey from working at Mudd Vineyards and through Bridgehampton to arrive at Bedell. Best of luck Richard.

I've been a club member at both vineyards and I am really interested to see how this plays out. Lenn's point about divergent styles couldn't be more accurate. It is hard to believe that the two vineyards are in the same hemisphere.

Just think of how fascinating a vertical of Bedell wines will be in a decade, or even five years. Start with '07 and work through five to eight years. I imagine the change will be dramatic. If ever a cellar demanded a vertical, it is now.

Cheers, Rich, and best of luck.

Lenn.... do post an update when you find out who is taking over at Raphael.

Congrats to Bedell. I've drifted away from them over the last 5 years so I'm excited that this change could win me back over time.

Great news!

I think Bedell will benefit from Rich's winemaking style, and more importantly, his personality and down to earth approach.

Congratulations to Richard Olsen-Harbich for making a pivotal and monumental career move. I have known Rich since 1999 when Raphael was just a vineyard. He has a long term outlook on Long Island's terrior and winemaking. I am sure that he will have a very positive effect on the style of Bedell's wine.

Christopher Davies
LongIslandWineCountry.COM & Wine Country International® magazine

Great to hear about Rich moving over to Bedell! Very exciting news for our entire industry. We still have a Cabernet Franc in our cellar we made with Rich under the Home Restaurant label back in 1992! What a career! Congratulations Rich!

Richard is a genuinely nice guy and I wish him all the best in his new position with Bedell. I only hope he is able to flex his creative muscles as freely as he did at Raphael. T'would be a shame to not take advantage of all his creativity and natural instincts for creating great, if not idiosyncratic wine.

Congratulations to Richard, one of the stalwarts of the industry. It's an exciting development for all of us who enjoy the Bedell Cellars wines.

Lenn, do you have any info on the status of the other project/tasting room/facility that Raphael planned on opening?

Congratulations bro!
Best of luck!

I have only met Rich briefly and know him more by reputation. It's an exciting move and I wish him and the team at Bedell all the best together.

I did have the pleasure of working with Kelly Urbanik at Bedell during the 2008 harvest (her first as head winemaker). She was a consumate professional and a talented, hardworking young winemaker. I wish her the best as well.

Just returned from Europe to read the news. Congrats to Richard, who has been a great mentor to me and many other people. Looking forward to the collaboration of Richard and Bedell.

Congratulations and well deserved. I worked for Rich over 25 years ago, and after all those years, he is still the wisest, kindest and most talented individual I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Bedell is fortunate to have you on their team. Cheers, Brigid Sheehan

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